By LARRY VAUGHT
Why didn’t John Calipari sub more against Baylor when he basically admitted he played all his started too many minutes?
“You just, you get into a game, in the heat of the game and you forget. I’ve forgotten – there are times I forget guys are on the bench, and I look down and I go, ‘What are you doing? Get in.’ So it happens,” Calipari said. “Sometimes it’s the flow of the game, and you’re just trying to get out of the game, which is what happened there too.
“We get up, we’re ready to blow them out, I don’t want to make changes, I wanted to keep going. Like I told them after, we didn’t play enough people. So, we’re going forward with the idea that, ‘Look, some of you guys got to play, and we’re going to buy time and hopefully you’re going to play well because you deserve to play well because of how you practice and you deserve more minutes.’ And we’re go from there.
“But, that had nothing to do with them outrebounding us by 18, had nothing to do with their physical play versus our lack of physical play. That happened early, not just the last four minutes. So, there were things – I don’t know if I could have subbed when we missed those first six free throws. We were 0-for-6. But, I come back to, played guys too many minutes. They’re not ready for that. And that means they go in and that’s when they stop play and they try to get – you know – so they can make it all their minutes.”
Is there a fine line between developing a cohesive team and playing too many minutes?
“That’s one of the reasons you play less people. But, what we have is some guys that were playing with no real intensity that did not deserve to be out there that long or were just getting pushed and shoved,” Calipari said “Then you don’t deserve to be in there. So there is a fine line, but there’s also – you can’t play that way and stay on the court.”